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Interaction of polymer and lithium in polymer electrolytes for energy storage

Description: Classical electrolytes consists of salts such as LiPF6 and solvents with high dielectric constants such as ethylene carbonate. Polymer electrolytes are considered as an alternative class of electrolytes since they are typically safer than classical electrolytes, and have the potential to be multifunctional. In addition, the polymer conformation changes in the presence of electrolyte,…
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Membrane Filtration for the Isolation of Valuable Components from the Aqueous Stream of Steam Exploded Citrus Processing Waste

Description: About 95% of the oranges produced in US are used for processing into juice. Citrus processing waste (CPW) is what remains from the fruit after it has been processed into juice. CPW is made up of the peel, rag, juice sacs and seeds. Approximately 44% of the orange fruit mass wet consists of CPW….
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Electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction and hydrogen evolution reaction

Description: The process of hydrogen fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells, metal-air batteries and electrolyzers impose much less treat to the environment, but commercialization of such energy devices is limited because of the pricy noble metal catalysts. The rate-limiting reaction is the oxygen evolution reaction catalyzed by IrO2/RuO2. The catalysts are either unstable or display…
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Water purification by capacitive de-ionization (CDI) method

Description: Materials preparation: synthesis of ultra high surface area activated carbon and metal oxide nanoparticles. Material characterization: X-ray diffraction (XRD), BET surface area, Scanning electron microscope(SEM), Transmission electron microscope(TEM), capacity and stability measurements. CDI cells setup. Ions adsorption measurements: Ca2+, Mg2+, As (3+ and 4+), Cl-, F- . Brackish water purification. Completion Objectives: Materials synthesis:…
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Identification of ASBC analytical method capabilities across NMSU

Description: Student will become knowledgable of the many methods of analysis maintained by the American Society of Brewing Chemists, and determine to what extent NMSU is capable of performing each, including identifying capital resources and expertise needed of those methods for which there is no or partial capability at NMSU. Completion Objectives: A list of…
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Flow cytometry instrument development

Description: Students are sought to help with a biomedical engineering research project. Our research incorporates many disciplines including: biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, chemical engineering, and physics. Our laboratory studies flow cytometry. Flow cytometry is a single cell counting tool used to collect features from cells including phenotype, genotype, morphology, and more. Flow cytometers work by…
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Catalytic Hydrodeoxygenation and Hydrodenitrogenation of Algal Biocrude into hydrocarbon fuels

Description: Algal biocrude is obtained from hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) and pyrolysis processes contains large amounts of nitrogen and oxygen heteroatoms that make it unsutiable for further use. Algal biocrude needs to be catalytically upgraded via hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) and hydrodenitrogenation (HDN) into liquid transportation fuels. The current project prepares the student gain insight into role of…
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Design and Build a Sci-fi Propane Pop Gun for AICHE demos

Description: Design, write an Experimental Safety Plan, build, and operate a device similar to that seen in this video up to the 1:15 time. Completion Objectives: Design a propane pop gun. Prepare the ESP. Build and test the pop gun. Perform with the pop gun at an AICHE outreach event. Faculty Advisor: Rockstraw Required Competencies…
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Salt migration rates in adobe brick exposed to boundary conditions of varying moisture and salinity

Description: Student will design an experimental protocol to measure salt mobility under various boundary conditions established at the block interfaces, then apply test methods developed by Mesilla Valley Preservation, Inc. and presented at EarthUSA to quantify the location of salts at various time intervals. Student will have access to some of the most knowledgable adobe…
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Mathematical model of salt migration and coving phenomena in an adobe wall

Description: Establish the conservation equations and boundary conditions needed to solve for the transient movement of salts from the soil into an adobe wall upwards from grade.  This project will build on work performed by Dr. Rockstraw with others in Mesilla Valley Preservation, Inc.  Completion Objectives: The complete set of conservation equations and boundary conditions relevant to…
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